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Declutter Day at the Pink Palace

 

I share my tiny 600-square-foot home with four rescue pets and one boy (why are they so messy?!).

Each year I set aside a few days to do an overhaul during the holidays. Since I went home to Oklahoma in December, I didn’t have the usual time and space. So early in the year I designated today as decluttering day at the pink palace.

Tim’s away and won’t be home until midnight, so I can pile everything on my bed without too much disturbance. Take a peek, I documented before videos on Instagram stories and Facebook. Hopefully the after videos will show bags of items ready for a new home and a more organized space.

God bless the Marie Kondo craze and reminder to only hold on to those things that spark joy. Bisous. x

Middle-Aged Ballerina One Year Later

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.—Agnes De Mille

Inspired after seeing a ballet at Versailles last Christmas, one year ago I donned ballet slippers and a chiffon skirt, and stepped into my first beginner class at The Washington Ballet.

As the pianist played and I attempted pirouettes and pliés, I felt something move deep inside of me (heh, Tim says it was me pulling a hammie). Here’s a post I wrote about my return. Since that first foray back into ballet, I’ve been going to classes a few times a week and grow more in love with the artistic dance in each practice.

I mean, let’s be honest, what’s not to love about pink skirts and slippers, a piano accompanist, feminine movement, and deep mental/physical challenge?

Although I still struggle each week in the very class where I began last year, I’ve observed slight progress. I’m more familiar with the terms, able to remember some of the barre combinations, and feel myself opening and expanding with each port de bras.

Merce Cunningham summed it up beautifully, “You have to love dancing to stick with it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”

Dance, be free, open wide, be a beginner, feel deeply, let go, move into who you are. Better yet, move into who you are while wearing a pink chiffon skirt. Bisous. x

Tranquility in the Tropics + Tuscany


The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page
.—Saint Augustine

Picture yourself waking up in one of these tranquil settings: tropical and lush surrounded by coffee plantations or Mediterranean surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.

This year I’m hosting two international, week-long escapes to Costa Rica and Italy and, of course, you’re invited.

Both adventures include daily mindfulness, yoga, and creativity practices for all levels coupled with delicious vegetarian local cuisine, a tranquility-filled goody bag, and optional excursions and spa treatments.

A day jaunt to Cinque Terra is included in our Italy retreat. Lonely Planet describes it, “Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits.”

Imagine hitting the pause button on daily life to reinvigorate yourself spiritually, emotionally, and creatively. That’s what these experiences provide. For nearly two decades I’ve been offering retreats that serve as balm for the soul.

Here’s what one yearly participant, Hilary, had to say about her experience:

You can find many yoga retreats to Costa Rica, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one as special as Kimberly’s.  I have been three years in a row and would go again in a heartbeat. As the name suggests, this retreat is a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, and creativity. It’s a perfect retreat to go to on your own. Kimberly creates a warm, friendly, and inviting space and then let’s you take what you need and leave the rest. It’s an ideal combination of group time, personal time, and do-whatever-you-feel-like time at a beautiful eco-chic resort with yummy food, a welcoming staff, and heavenly pool. It’s a mix of lovely ingredients that make for a magical week. And the secret sauce is Kimberly, herself. She puts an incredible amount of thought into every aspect of the program—from the extra suitcase of art journaling supplies she brings, to the essential oils she dots on your wrist during savasana, and the goodie bags she creates for each yogi.  Treat yourself to the experience, and you won’t be disappointed.

For photos and more about Costa Rica, click here. For photos and more about Italy, click here.

If you’re looking for an intentional reset, the opportunity to deepen your connection to mindfulness, yoga, or creativity, or interested in exploring a colorful country with a group, I hope you’ll join us!

Have questions? Reach out and I’d be happy to answer them for you. Bisous. x